Blogs: an alternative to the traditional essay


Innovative ways of producing text encourage pupil involvement through creativity, collaboration and a sense of a wider audience for their work. In this case study pupils explain how they use Posterous, email/blog software, for revision in History – and to produce documents other than conventional school essays. Pupils work collaboratively, access the program from home and can show their work to their parents. Posterous is described as ‘a dead simple way to put things online’.


“Posterous is the dead easy place to post everything. Just email us.”

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Doug Belshaw is currently employed as a Researcher/Analyst at JISC infoNet. Previously he taught History at a number of schools and was Director of E-Learning at The Northumberland Church of England Academy. He is an Ed.D. student at the University of Durham, England. He is a founder at EdTechRoundUp and has used technology in many innovative ways to enhance the teaching of History in secondary school.

You can follow Doug on Twitter: @dajbelshaw, or his blog.

The Video Team

Theo Kuechel and Leon Cych produced these video interviews.

Theo Kuechel is involved in Technologies for Learning, Archives – Collections, Open Educational Resources, Music and other social activities. You can follow Theo on Twitter: @theokk, or on his blog.

Leon Cych is a web designer, coder, teacher, poet, artist, broadcaster, journalist and educationalist. He set up the nationwide poetry magazine – Poetry London Newsletter in the seventies. You can follow Leon on Twitter: @eyebeams, or his blog Learn4Life.